The Team

Helm Management Services Ltd. has a stable of over 30 consultants available for your projects.

Introducing Helm’s Principals and Management team

Paul Jamer

Paul Jamer has more than 30 years of experience in the Marine industry. A graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College’s Marine Engineering program, Paul has considerable operational experience as a ship’s officer and an extensive background as a project manager and engineering superintendent. He has also been a successful consultant to marine and shore-based clients around the world.

Throughout his career, working with both public and private organizations, Paul has gravitated toward leadership roles involving the development, implementation and ongoing support of leading edge technologies; particularly those associated with reliability and efficiency. As president of the Breakwater Group, he has focused on providing specialized marine, business development, and consulting services, as well as short term executive placement.

Paul has been a well-known member of the marine and offshore community for many years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities both in Canada and Internationally. He has been an active board member for several marine and energy related organizations, specifically as a past Vice Chair of the Maritimes Energy Association and currently as Chair of the Operations Sub Committee at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy).

John Trainor

Graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College in Marine Engineering 1985, worked as Fleet Engineering Officer on board Coast Guard vessels until 1996. The type of vessels worked on include; Heavy Ice Breakers, Buoy Tenders and Sear and Rescue Vessels, the operational areas include East Coast of Canada, Canadian High Arctic and St Lawrence river Areas.

Tanker A & B certificates were obtained while working as second Engineer on product tankers carrying product from Quebec to ports on the East Coast as well as Chemical Tanker Certificates

Working as Chief Engineer since 1996 in the Off Shore Industry, experience has been gained working on AHST vessels, Dive Support and SubSea Construction vessels, these vessels have been DP I and DP II.

Acting as the owner’s representative on new builds brought a new appreciation to superintendent’s position which led to working as vessel superintendent / vessel manager for numerous offshore supply companies in Canada. These vessels worked in all geographic locations of the globe requiring around the clock support and assistance. This developed extensive experience in planning, executing refits dry dockings and emergency repairs to vessels operating worldwide.  Extensive experience with the tug and barge business brought about a strong knowledge of barge project planning, survey and repair estimates and managing of repairs, surveys and client issues.

Chief Engineer and Preventative Maintenance Manager on Semi-Submersible Offshore Drilling units brought experience and understanding of MODU operations and requirements. Normal Drilling operations, major refits and transits all affording experience in operational requirements of MODU’s working in severe northern climates and working in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Technical manager in a large seafood company brought experience with managing and operating large factory fishing vessels operating in various places around the globe. Additionally conversions of vessels from one design to another field of fishing brought experience with large conversion and extension of vessels during conversions. Knowledge of operational and industry specific issues of the fishing industry were gained through working in the normal day to day planning as well as vessel turn around.

Chief Engineer on DP II subsea construction vessels afforded exposure to the subsea construction business, DP Operations and support requirements for subsea and top side construction spreads.

Technical / Operations Manager of a fleet of subsea construction vessels based in the Middle East and far East and being based in the Middle East created exposure to operations while being immersed in Middle East culture. Great experience was gained through conversions, refits, and operations of vessels working abroad, the immersion in Middle Eastern Culture and operations gained an appreciation as to how business gets done and what works and what does not in Middle Eastern operations. Additionally integrating a fleet of vessels and crews into the new large parent company afforded challenges to overcome to make for smooth operations with large and demanding clients.

Project management experience starting from gaining a Masters Certificate in Project Management  in 1999, since then extensive experience gained in planning, executing managing and closing of dry dockings, conversions, large product delivery programs. Emphasis on, on time on schedule management with no surprises.

Significant experience in On hire, Fuel, Insurance and condition surveys has been gained from operations requiring surveys carried out on vessels working in  the Canadian high Arctic to the Far East.

William B Jamer

William (Bill) Jamer has more than 45 years of experience in the Marine Industry.

A graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College’s Marine Engineering program, Mr. Jamer possesses a First-Class Marine Engineering Certificate.

In addition to considerable sea-time and operational experience as a ship’s officer, he has an extensive background as a marine inspector, contract manager and senior government manager. He has also been a successful consultant to marine and shore-based industries both in Canada and internationally.

Throughout his career, working with both public and private organizations, Bill has held leadership roles in the implementation of major marine projects and in management of relationships between industry and government.

In his previous position as Senior Director Marine Systems at Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) he managed the Government of Canada’s marine procurement program. Later he was the Director General Integrated Technical Services at Canadian Coast Guard and managed the Coast Guard’s marine technical program.

Mr. Jamer was the National Project Leader of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Economic action plan. This program delivered 90 boats, forty ship refits and five vessel life extensions over a two-year period. All projects were delivered on time and on budget.

Mr. Jamer has extensive experience in ship building, repair & overhaul, maintenance, and vessel life extension for vessels of all sizes from conception to final delivery in both the government and private industry.  This includes but is not limited to the development of budgets for government projects, cost estimates for shipbuilders, operational requirements, performance specification review, contractual documents such as Statements of Work, Technical Specifications, technical evaluation criteria, project management, life cycle management, and the management of personnel conducting the work in both government and private environments.

Angela Franklin